The Politics of Old English: A Round Table

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Heide Estes / Old English Forum, Modern Language Association
contact email: 

It will have escaped no one’s attention that the field of Old English studies has received a great deal of political scrutiny in recent years. This Round Table seeks to focus attention on the pedagogical dimension and/or consequences of that scrutiny. We invite speakers to give brief presentations on any number of topics relevant to the political aspects of teaching of Old English in the 21st century. These might include such things the “politically retrograde” ways in which Old English is often taught; proposals on how to teach Old English in a way that does not avoid the history of colonization and suppression with which it is intertwined; ways to teach Old English that are better connected to contemporary students and responsive to the political moment; and teaching Global Old English/reframing Old Englishes. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Heide Estes (<>) by March 15.